Molave Intensifies Into Typhoon: Highlights & Impacts.

Typhoon Molave made landfall in Philippines while crossing provinces on the southern part of the main Luzon island on October 25, 2020. It has brought heavy rain and strong winds along with it and has also made around 9000 people to flee their homes in the Philippines.

Highlights

The disaster monitoring agency highlighted the reports of damaged roads and bridges. Flooding and landslide incidents were also observed in some areas. However, there are no casualties so far.  The typhoon is moving westward with the speed of 130 kilometres per hour (80 mph). It has intensified into a typhoon and has made landfall over San Miguel Island in Albay province, Malinao municipality and in Albay. 5,518 people have been evacuated to safer places. 3,421 people took shelter in areas outside danger zones.

About Molave

The name Molave has been used to name tropical cyclone in the northwestern Pacific Ocean. This name was given by the Philippines. It means “funnel” in Philippine, Spanish and Tagalog. Its earlier name was Typhoon Imbudo till 2003. In 2004, the typhoon made extensive damage over Philippines and China following which the name was changed to Molave. The name Molave has been used to name three tropical cyclones in the northwestern Pacific Ocean-Typhoon Molave (2009) , Tropical Storm Molave (2015) and Typhoon Molave (2020). The typhoon Molave follows Tropical Storm Saudel, that hit the region  last week causing widespread flooding in Quezon province.

Luzon Island

It is the largest and most populous island in the Philippines. It has been ranked 15th largest island in the world by land area. The island is located in the northern portion of the archipelago. The island is the economic and political center of Philippines. The capital city Manila lies on this island. The island is also the home to Quezon City. Quezon city is the most populous city of the country. The island is the fourth most populous island in the world.